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Month 12 Expenses of Cruising and Living on the Boat
This past month we traveled ……………. nowhere again and are still in a slip in Brunswick GA for the hurricane season. Evacuated for 6 days during Irma, but no boat damage and that’s why we are here!
Been planning a lot of boat upgrade projects, but didn’t do many the past month and kind of vegged. Seems I should be working harder on the boat, but then I don’t have any schedule and still have lots of time. Next month I’ve got about $2500-3000 in boat upgrades planned to make life better based on what I’ve learned the past 12 months.
Didn’t dine out all the much and half the dine out costs was something we did with someone in return for then taking us somewhere as we don’t have a car. At the same time since we have grocery access we probably have spent more on food as there are more choices.
Speaking of transportation, we got a couple bikes at Walmart and these really opened up being able to get around town and go to bigger grocery store etc. We also got the bikes to get more exercise than our broken-down knees could handle walking. We had a couple of folding bikes, but the new ones are sooooo much better and since we sold the folding bikes the new ones only really cost $150. We did a couple of Uber trips to the movie theater that we combine with a big grocery run to make use of the Uber ride back and paid for some gas for cars.
Communication is all in cell phone costs, which also is backup internet here for when the marina system decides to go down (unfortunately not uncommon).
Entertainment expenses were for some Kindle books and going to a couple of movies. We won some money in the lottery and at poker and these are in entertainment 😊
Marina cost is for a month of dockage. Paid electrical this month, it was for about 1.5 months of power and the $4/day is well worth it to run the air conditioning for us. But I know not all agree so will put it in a separate line item.
The total was $ 2,638.44, which was under the $3,000 budget while staying in a marina and using power. Appears staying in marina all month is less costly for us than cruising, but then I didn’t start this to stay in the same marina for months. Cost breakdown as follows:
Food, soda, alcohol, clothing, sundries - $ 992.03
Boat upgrades, repairs, maintenance - $ 212.17
Fuel (diesel, gas, propane) - $ 0
Dining out - $ 277,22
Entertainment - $ 58.85
Communication, storage, shipping - $ 128.36
Bank Fees – ($ 38,72) using my cash back card saves money
Marina - $ 588.48
Electric - $ 156.66
Medical - $ 22.27
Transportation - $ 241.12
Don't blow air up my rear, be useful and blow it at the sails!
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